STEFAN JOHANSEN as reported this morning on CQN has joined Fulham this evening on a three year contract. Signed by Neil Lennon in the January transfer window in 2014 Johansen was seen a direct replacement for Welsh international Joe Ledley who also left for London, joining Crystal Palace.
Johansen was signed from the Norwegian side, Stromsgodset and served Celtic well, playing 114 times for the Bhoys and scoring a rather impressive 20 goals.
The 25 year old Norwegian was particularly impressive in his first 18 months at the club working firstly under Neil Lennon and then his fellow countryman Ronny Deila. Indeed he was a worthy winner of the SPFA Player of the Year for that season. Stefan collected three league and one league cup medal during his time at Parkhead.
He is likely to be a player who will “hit the ground running” (to quote John Collins from yesterday on CQN) at Craven Cottage and is likely to be a fans favourite.
Brendan Rodgers the morning explained that the player didn’t want to sign a new contract with the club so it was an easy decision to let the player go with a year remaining on his contract. The fee is believed to be £2m which is good business for the 5 in a Row Champions.
Johansen cleared his locker at Lennoxtown on Wednesday and has said his goodbyes to his teammates.
Everyone on CQN will want to wish the player well and we’ll keep an eye on his progress in our regular look at Celts in the South on Mondays on Celtic Quick News.